Academic Scholarships



Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) academic scholarships help defray the cost of higher education in degree programs in the fields of health and human services. The goal of the scholarship program is to increase the health and human services workforce in the Mat-Su. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on career choice and financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award amounts for MSHF scholarships vary, with a maximum of $10,000 annually per student.The deadline to apply was March 1, 2019. 


Six of MSHF's annual awards are designated for named scholarships that honor individuals who have had a significant impact on health care in the Mat-Su. These named scholarships are awarded based on career choice and academic merit (grade point average). One named scholarship may be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Current High School Students: The Annie Demming Scholarship
  • Behavioral Health Major: The Vivian "Babe" Shaver Scholarship
  • Graduate-Level Applicants: The Ya Ne Dah Ah /K’tl’egh’i Sukdu Scholarship
  • Hospital Administration and Nonprofit Management: The George V. Larson, III Scholarship
  • Physician Assistant: The Jessica Stevens Scholarship
  • Nursing: The Darlene Reed Scholarship
Applicants need not specify whether they are applying for a regular academic scholarship or a named scholarship, as all applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.
 

How to Apply for an Academic Scholarship

  • The application period for Academic scholarships for 2019 is now closed. Next year's program will open early in 2020. 

Eligibility Requirements  

MSHF Scholarship eligibility requirements include the following:

  • United States citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
  • Mat-Su Borough residency for minimum of one year at the time of application.
  • Minimum half-time student status at an accredited college, university, or medical training program.
  • Selection of a health care or human services career choice that matches the health and human services workforce needs in the Mat-Su Borough.
  • Interest in the fields of health care or human services as demonstrated by the applicant's responses to questions posed in the application.
  • For academic scholarships, successful completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA. The FAFSA is not required for Vocational scholarship applicants.
  • GPA: There is no minimum GPA for first time applicants. For returning awardees a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required. Returning awardees must provide a transcript for no less than one complete year. If they have not completed a full year at time of application, they must provide college transcripts for any college courses they have completed plus their high school transcripts.(Note: While a threshold GPA is not required for first-time applicants, GPA is considered as a variable in scoring the applications.)

Disqualified Applicants For All MSHF Scholarships:

  • Individuals disqualified from applying for a MSHF Scholarship include the following:
  • MSHF directors, officers, employees and members of the Scholarship Committee, and their family members.
  • Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Board of Directors members, and their family members.
  • Mat-Su Regional Board of Trustee Members and their family members. (Family members of a disqualified person include a disqualified person's spouse, brothers or sisters (whether by whole or half-blood), spouses of brothers or sisters (whether by whole or half-blood) and their children by whole or half blood or by adoption, ancestors, children (including a legally adopted child), grandchildren, great grandchildren, and spouses of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren (whether by whole or half-blood).

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page.

For additional assistance, please send an email to: scholarships@healthymatsu.org.